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Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHESECONDJUDICIALCIRCUITINANDFORLEONCOUNTY,FLORIDA
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PARROTT,
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BROCKUS,RABBIJACKROMBERG,)REVERENDBOBBYMUSENGWA,)ANDYFORD,LEESWIFfandSUSAN)SUMMERS-PERSIS,)
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Plaintiffs,CaseNo.2011CA1892
v.
(HonorableJackieL.Fulford)
KURTBROWNING,in
his
officialcapacityasFloridaSecretaryofState,Defendant.
COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORY
AND
INJUNCTIVERELIEF
1.Plaintiffsbring
this
actiontoenjointheplacementontheNovember2012generalelectionballotof
a
certainamendmenttotheFloridaConstitutionproposedbyjointresolutionoftheFloridaLegislature
(the
"Amendment").
The
proposedconstitutionalamendmentcannotlawfullybesubmittedtoFloridavotersbecausetheAmendment'sballottitleandsummarylanguagearemisleading
asto
thetrueeffectofthe
proposed
Amendment.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE2.This
Court
has
subjectmatterjurisdictionover
this
action
pursuant
toArticleV,section5(b),oftheFloridaConstitutionandsections26.012and86.011,FloridaStatutes.
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3.ThisCourthasjurisdictiontogrant(a)declaratoryreIiefpursuanttoArticleV,section
5(b),
oftheFloridaConstitutionandsection86.011,FloridaStatutes,and(b)injunctivereliefpursuanttoArticleV,section5(b)oftheFloridaConstitution,section26.012(3),FloridaStatutes,andFloridaRuleofCivilProcedure1.610.4.VenueisproperinLeonCountypursuanttosection47.011,FloridaStatutesbecausetheOfficeoftheFloridaSecretaryofStatefortheFloridaDepartmentofStateislocatedinLeonCounty,Florida.
PARTIES
5.PlaintiffRabbiMerrillShapiroisaresidentofPalmCoast,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.PlaintiffShapiroisaregisteredvoter
in
FlaglerCounty,Florida.HehasregularlyvotedinFloridageneralelectionsandonballotproposalspresentedatthoseelections,andintendstovoteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffShapiroistheRabbiofTempleShalominDeltona,Florida.6.PlaintiffReverendKentSilacliisaresidentofRocldedge,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFloridaPlaintiffSiladiisaregisteredvoterinBrevardCounty,Florida.HehasregularlyvotedinFloridageneralelectionsandonballotproposalspresentedatthoseelections;andintendstovoteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffSiladiistheConferenceMinisterfortheFloridaConferenceoftheUnitedChurchofChrist.7.PlaintiffReverendHarryParrott,Jr.isaresidentofPenneyFarms,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.PlaintiffParrottisaregisteredvoterinClayCounty,Florida.HehasregularlyvotedinFloridageneralelectionsandonballotproposalspresentedatthoseelections,andintendstovoteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffParrottisanordainedBaptistminister,nowretiredafter38yearsofservice.
 
8.PlaintiffReverendHaroldBrockusisaresidentofSt.Petersburg,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.PlaintiffBrockusisaregisteredvoterinPinellasCounty,Florida.HehasregularlyvotedinFloridageneralelectionsandonballotproposalspresentedatthoseelections,andintendstovoteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffBrockusretiredafter32yearsofservicewiththepastorateofGoodSamaritanChurchinPinellasPark,acongregationaffiliatedwithboththePresbyterianChurchUSAandtheUnitedChurchofChrist.9.PlaintiffRabbiJackRombergisaresidentofTallahassee,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.PlaintiffRombergisaregisteredvoterinLeonCounty,Florida."HehasregularlyvotedinFloridageneralelectionsandonbaUotproposalspresentedatthoseelections,andintends
to
voteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffRombergistheRabbiofTempleIsrael
in
Tallahassee.10.PlaintiffReverendBobbyMusengwaisaresidentofSt.PetersburginPinellasCountyandacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.HeintendstovoteinPinellasCounty,Florida
in
theNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffMusengwaisthePastorofMaximoPresbyterianChurch
in
st.
Petersburg.11.PlaintiffAndyFordisaresidentofAtlanticBeach,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.FordisaregisteredvoterinDuvalCounty,Florida.Hehasregularlyvoted
in
Floridageneralelectionsandonballotproposalspresentedatthoseelections,andintendstovoteintheNovember2012generalelection.PlaintiffFordisPresidentoftheFloridaEducationAssociation,astatewideassociationofteachersandotheremployeesofpublicschooldistrictsthroughoutFlorida.PlaintiffFordsuesinhisindividualandofficialcapacities.12.PlaintiffLeeSwiftisaresidentofPuntaGorda,andacitizenandtaxpayerofFlorida.SwiftisaregisteredvoterinCharlotteCounty,Florida.Hehasregularlyvotedin
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